Conor Washington – The new Charlie Austin?

Conor Washington signed for QPR in a £2.8million move from Peterborough United last Tuesday. 

The striker has gone from being a postman to a Championship frontman in the space of a number of years. 

The 23-year-old is said to be one of the biggest up and coming talents in the Football League.

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Conor Washington becomes QPR’s new number nine.

The former postman signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Loftus Road.

Washington has been given the vacant number nine shirt after Charlie Austin’s departure to Premier League side, Southampton.

The forward has come a long way since his 5.30am start for the Royal Mail.

Conor Washington

Conor Washington

Washington started his career at St Ives Town in 2010 where he scored 52 goals in 50 appearances. The striker signed for Newport County in October 2012.

During his first season in Wales, Washington helped guide The Exiles to promotion via the Conference National play-offs, where they beat Wrexham 2-0.

After showing promise in League Two for Newport, Washington was rewarded with a move to League One side, Peterborough United. The striker signed for a reported £500,000 with Shaun Jeffers going the other way as part of the deal.

Conor Washington during his time with Newport County

Conor Washington during his time with Newport County

Washington netted 33 goals in his 94 appearances for League One side Posh, scoring 15 of them this season.


Charlie Austin has signed for Southampton.

Charlie Austin has signed for Southampton.

I can see Washington becoming the next success story of Non-League footballer to Championship top scorer.

Here are three reasons why Conor Washington is the next Charlie Austin.

  1. Charlie Austin scored 48 goals in 42 games for Poole Town – Conor Washington scored 52 goals in 50 appearances for St Ives Town.
  2. Both players have worked their way up from Non-League football to the Championship.
  3. Charlie Austin worked as a bricklayer, whilst Conor Washington worked as a postman. This means both players are down to earth and as some may say, “worked for their living” , meaning that they put 110% into playing football.

 

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